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What is Wok in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Materials

What is Wok in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Materials

Kitchen Tools
A wok in Tagalog is called “kawa” or “talyasi,” a cooking pan used for cooking huge amounts of food. It looks like a cross between a frying pan (kawali) and a saucepan (kaserola), but a larger version. Because of its huge size, the wok is usually used in big celebrations or gatherings such as feasts. Almost every household in the Philippine provinces has a “kawa.” The origin of the wok is unclear but it’s believed to have first appeared in ancient China during the Han Dynasty. But at that time, woks were only made from clay. It was only during the Ming Dynasty when woks were made of metal. Chinese blacksmiths made woks by forging raw iron at a very high temperature and polished the finished product using a hammer. Typically, a wok has a round bottom with sloped sides but some hav...
What is Grater in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Types

What is Grater in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Types

Kitchen Tools
A grater in Tagalog is called “kudkuran,” a kitchen tool used for shredding food into smaller pieces. This includes carrots, cheese, coconut, nutmeg, and other fruits and vegetables. Most graters are handy and used not only in homes but also in restaurant kitchens. In the Philippines, a lot of food recipes include coconut milk and markets usually have stalls with coconut graters ("kudkuran ng niyog" in Tagalog).. The concept of grating or shredding food can be traced back to ancient civilizations. Early graters were often simple tools made from materials like stone, wood, or metal. These early graters were likely used to shred ingredients like cheese, vegetables, and spices. During the Roman Era, metal graters were often small, handheld, and mostly made of bronze, used to grate ingr...
What is Towel in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Tuwalya ng Baka

What is Towel in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Tuwalya ng Baka

Personal Care
The towel in Tagalog is called “tuwalya,” while the smaller face towel is called “bimpo” or “labakara.” As we all know, bath towels are pieces of thick but soft cloth we use to dry our body after taking a bath or shower. They are available in a wide variety of fabrics, including bamboo, cotton, hemp, linen, polyester, ramie, and wool. Towels are essential in every household, regardless of social status. The towel originally came from Bursa, Turkey, around the 17th century. The Ottomans, who ruled Turkey back then, were experts at making carpets. They used their skills to make towels with fluffy loops, which we now call terry cloth. Towels started as fancy, often hand-embroidered cloths called pestamals. This traditional Turkish towel was long enough to wrap around the body. At that tim...
What is Plate in Tagalog? History, Types, Styles, and Materials

What is Plate in Tagalog? History, Types, Styles, and Materials

Kitchen Tools
A plate in Tagalog is called “plato” or “pinggan,” a specific type of dish where we put solid food. Technically, a dish can be anything that we put our food (solid or liquid) for serving or eating. However, there is no direct Tagalog translation for dishes and Filipinos use terms such as mangkok (bowl) and tasa (cup). A dishwasher in Tagalog is called “taga hugas ng pinggan,” where”hugas” means “to wash.” The exact origin of plates is not well-documented but is assumed that early humans used leaves, large leaves, or flat stones as makeshift plates to hold and serve food. In ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, people used various materials for plates, including clay, wood, and metal. These plates were often simple and utilitarian in design. Meanwhil...
What is Nail Clipper in Tagalog? Origin, Designs, and Evolution

What is Nail Clipper in Tagalog? Origin, Designs, and Evolution

Personal Care
Also sometimes called a nail cutter, a nail clipper in Tagalog is called “panggupit ng kuko,” where “gupit” means to cut and “kuko” means fingernails and toenails. This grooming tool is common in every part of the globe, including the Philippines. Its design is somehow different from the nail cutter, but this term is not common in the country. Instead, most Filipinos refer to both of them as “nail cutters.” The origin of the nail clipper is not well documented but nail-cutting can be traced back to ancient civilizations. At that time, various methods were used to trim and maintain fingernails and toenails. In ancient Egypt, around 3000 BCE, people used small knives or sharp stones to cut their nails. This practice was not only for personal grooming but also held cultural and religio...
What is Textbook in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution, and Printed vs Digital

What is Textbook in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution, and Printed vs Digital

School Supplies
A textbook in Tagalog is called "aklat-aralin,” where “aklat” means “book” and “aralin” means “study.” However, Filipinos today call it a “textbook” or simply “teksbuk.” In today’s digital era, students have a new way of reading textbooks through various devices. Yet, a lot of them still prefer using printed textbooks over electronic textbooks, also known as e-textbooks. The origin of textbooks goes back a long time and shows how education and sharing knowledge have changed over the years. It all started in ancient times, like in Mesopotamia and Greece, where people used clay tablets and papyrus scrolls as early learning materials. These first sets of textbooks covered many subjects, like mathematics, astronomy, and stories. During the Middle Ages, people made books by hand. The ...
What is Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog? Origin and Winning Techniques

What is Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog? Origin and Winning Techniques

Toys and Games
The iconic hand game Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog is called “Bato bato pick.” But in the early days, Filipinos called it Jack en Poy, which came from Janken Pon, the Japanese version of the game. Also called RPS, this simple yet fun game is mostly used as a decision tool. And in case you’re not aware, there are also professional RPS tournaments in different parts of the world. Where Did Rock Paper Scissors Originate? While the exact origins of Rock Paper Scissors remain unknown, it has a rich history and has evolved. According to records, the game has ancient roots, with variations dating back to during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in ancient China. In the early Chinese version, it was called “shoushiling” and hand gestures represented a frog, a slug, and a snake. Rock Paper Sci...
What is Perfume in Tagalog? History, Types and Difference from Cologne

What is Perfume in Tagalog? History, Types and Difference from Cologne

Personal Care
The perfume in Tagalog is called “pabango,” where “bango” means fragrance. But while cologne has different properties from perfume, Filipinos also call cologne “pabango.” As a personal care product, perfume serves various purposes, especially in enhancing personal fragrance, intimacy, and positive social interactions. Perfumes are popular gifts, too. The term "perfume" originates from the Latin words "per," which means "thorough," and "fumus," which means "smoke." Later, the French invented the term ‘parfum,’ referring to the scents produced by burning incense. In ancient times, various societies utilized a mix of resins and wood during their religious ceremonies.  This tradition reached Egypt approximately in 3000 B.C., although perfumes remained confined to religious rituals un...
What is Colander in Tagalog? History and Difference from Strainer

What is Colander in Tagalog? History and Difference from Strainer

Kitchen Tools
The colander in Tagalog is called “salaan,” where “sala” here means “to filter”. As a kitchen utensil, a colander is a bowl-shaped strainer that is used for draining liquids from foods. Typically made of aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, or ceramic, colanders have evenly spaced holes to allow liquids to drain away. Most of them have handles while others also have legs for easier handling and stability. The term "colander" is believed to have originated from the Latin word "colare," which means "to strain" or "to filter." Aside from separating liquids, such as water or oil, from solid foods like vegetables or fruits, colanders are also used for draining pasta. The origin of the colander is not exactly known, but evidence suggests that sieves in ancient Egypt were made from reeds.  ...
What is Pencil Sharpener in Tagalog? History and Evolution of Design

What is Pencil Sharpener in Tagalog? History and Evolution of Design

School Supplies
The pencil sharpener in Tagalog is called “pantasa ng lapis” or simply “pantasa”. As the name suggests, this tool is designed to make the tip of a pencil pointy so that you can write or draw more easily. Despite being in the school supplies section, these sharpeners can also be found in offices and at home. They are also essential to teachers, artists, draftsmen, engineers, and architects. Before pencil sharpeners was invented, people used knives to sharpen pencils. However, the process was challenging, time-consuming, and often led to uneven results. Apparently, there are several versions as to who really invented pencil sharpeners. Nonetheless, a French book in 1822 mentioned that C. A. Boucher was the one who created the first pencil sharpener but he did not file for a patent. ...
What is Eraser in Tagalog? History, Types, and Uses

What is Eraser in Tagalog? History, Types, and Uses

School Supplies
The eraser in Tagalog is called “pambura,” where “bura” means to erase. In the UK, the eraser is called “rubber” since it’s made of rubber and is used to rub. As we all know, erasers can be in a block form or attached at the end of pencils. Both types have the same function, though. Blackboard or whiteboard erasers are called "pambura ng pisara" in Filipino. Interestingly, bread was the first eraser and became a popular erasing tool among writers from 1612 to 1770. Aside from being cheap, breadcrumbs or moist bread are readily available and can easily erase pencil marks or correct writing mistakes. However, bread tends to mold or rot and may damage paper. No wonder, writers at that time brought lots of bread with them. In 1770, British engineer Edward Nairne invented the rubber e...
What is Notebook in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Evolution

What is Notebook in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Evolution

School Supplies
The notebook in Tagalog is called “kwaderno” or “kuwaderno,” which came from the Spanish word, cuaderno. However, most Filipinos today call the notebook as it is. As we all know, a notebook is a stack of papers usually with lines, and a front and back cover. This writing pad is mostly used by students but is also used in other places in writing, drawing, and as a journal.  Historically, the first notebook was not made of paper and came even before paper was invented. Called the wax tablet, this ancient reusable writing tool was made of wood with a layer of wax. It was predominant during the Middle Ages when writing was performed using a pointed instrument called the stylus. When paper became readily available, erasable notebooks (called table books) were developed.  When fountain...